August, 2012

Weekend Giveaway: The Paint Brush Cover

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2012 | 244 comments

It’s Labor Day weekend — and that almost always means some sort of painting project for the Dekkers. This year, we’re painting our kitchen walls, trim, and ceiling, as well as our front entry way.

If you are planning any upcoming painting projects, you’re going to love today’s giveaway. The Paint Brush Cover is a really simple concept — but boy do they save your brushes. Oh, and I’m giving away 25 of them today!

How We Organize Our Bathroom

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2012 | 16 comments

When we were renovating our bathroom last spring, so many people told us we would regret our decision to go with a custom vanity that had less storage… But after a full year of living with our space, I’m still pleased as punch with how it turned out — and we don’t miss that extra storage space one bit!

If you’d like to see how we keep our bathroom organized {most days!}… keep reading.

3 Tips for Getting Back Into A Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2012 | 10 comments

As you gear up for another school year, another busy fall, another holiday season, and all the other many things on your calendar, here are three simple tips that have helped me get back into a routine… and I’m hoping they will help me this year too!

Our Summer… In Snapshots

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2012 | 7 comments

Since there are just a few fleeting days of summer left before Dave heads back to school next week, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photo memories from this summer.

What are your favorite memories from this summer?

A Crowded Closet Turned Cozy Corner

posted by Andrea | 08/25/2012 | 16 comments

At our old house, we had a really awkward back entryway with 3 doors that all opened into each other. I hated it!

So the other day, when my friend Leslie sent me a before and after picture of her crowded entryway, I immediately asked her if I could share the pictures on my blog. The makeover is fabulous and she did it ALL by herself!

Weekend Giveaway: AgainBags $25 Gift Cards

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2012 | 358 comments

It’s back-to-school time… which means back in the grind of packing lunches every single day! If you’d like to cut back on your consumption of plastic sandwich and snack bags, I have the perfect product for you! specializes in hand-made, reusable lunch and snack bags that lead-free, phthalate-free, BPA-free, AND they come in fabulous colors and patterns… and I’m giving away two $25 gift certificates today!

Splurging Isn’t Always ‘Extravagant’

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2012 | 23 comments

For the most part, I would not consider Dave and I to be big “splurgers”. We save much more than we spend and we can almost always talk ourselves out of buying something — especially if it isn’t really necessary.

I certainly don’t think our frugal nature is a bad thing; however, I also don’t think that occasional splurges are a bad thing. In fact, I think splurging is a healthy habit everyone should do from time to time!

Nora @ 9 Months

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2012 | 13 comments

It’s official, Nora has been alive “on the outside” for as long as she was alive inside of me — however, the 9 months outside sure seems like a lot longer.

Nora has learned a lot over the past month — and, as you’ll see by the list of milestones below, she’s is quite “advanced” for her young age 🙂

BLT Sandwiches… with Peanut Butter

posted by Andrea | 08/21/2012 | 40 comments

Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwiches are one of my favorite summer lunches… and Dave likes anything with bacon so he’s usually game for a crunchy BLT at least once a week.

However, if you’ve never tried your BLT with peanut butter, you’ll want to keep reading. I’m sharing my favorite way to prepare this delicious sandwich!

5 Choices When You’re Short on Time

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2012 | 9 comments

As much as I don’t want to admit it, the lazy days of summer are winding down, and the crazy, busy back-to-school days are just around the corner.

If you’re feeling overly busy right now — or if you’re like us and wondering how you’re going to fit everything in over the next few months — I have some tips that might help 🙂

Why You Shouldn’t Compare Your Home to Magazine Pictures

posted by Andrea | 08/18/2012 | 16 comments

I’m sure at some point, we’ve all thumbed through home decore magazines and wished our homes looked even half as lovely as the stunning homes in those photographs. Or maybe I’m the only one?

If you’ve ever felt disheartened by your home’s lack of “perfection”, I’ve got a real-life story that might just cheer you up!

20+ Organizing Resources for Back-to-School

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2012 | 3 comments

I know you might not want to accept it, but the school year is right around the corner… which means it’s time to get a few things in order so your year (and your kid’s year) starts off on the right foot. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I thought I’d take a minute to compile some of the helpful back-to-school and Fall organizing tips I already have on my blog {all in one convenient location, just for you!}

Happy “back-to-school” organizing!

Easy. Homemade. eBook Giveaway {100 winners!}

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2012 | 14 comments

Today I’m sharing a guest post and a brand new eBook from Mandi of Her eBook “Easy. Homemade” had tons of helpful tips and tricks to simplify {and shorten} your time in the kitchen!

If that sounds good to you, then keep reading — oh and she is generously giving away 100 copies of her book!

11 of my Favorite Blogs

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2012 | 29 comments

I read a lot of blog posts every week… I follow some of these blogs on Facebook or Twitter, I subscribe to some via email, and I have my phone set up so I can quickly and easily access my favorite blogs whenever I have a free minute or two.

Today, I’m sharing 11 of my favorite blogs, and I’d love it if you’d share a few of your favorite blogs with me!

My Daily Planner: The NEW Customizable Version!

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2012 | 85 comments

Over a year ago, I created a Daily Planner template for me to personally organize my day-to-day life. It was exactly what I needed, so I shared it with all of you several months ago.

After many requests to offer a customizable version of my Daily Planner, I FINALLY decided to do it! So today, I’m sharing my new, customizable Daily Planner. Hope you love it as much as I do!

Kitchen Updates – We’re Making Progress

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2012 | 20 comments

I think it’s about time for a kitchen update. Don’t you?

We’re finally finished with all the demolition (which took way longer than we thought it would). The space is still pretty crazy, but we’re making progress and it’s actually looking good — at least to us!

Our Experience with International Students

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2012 | 17 comments

It’s officially been two full months since our international students moved back home to their countries… and I guess we’ve just been so busy with weddings and remodeling this summer, that I never posted anything about our hosting experience.

Well, today is the day… I’m sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly 🙂

Weekend Giveaway: $100 Target Gift Card!

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2012 | 708 comments

I was planning to take a break from my Weekend giveaways for the rest of the summer… but since I LOVE Target {and I’m guessing you do too} I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

Keep reading for more information about a fun design sweepstakes sponsored by Apartment Guide… and don’t forget to enter the $100 Target gift card giveaway!